Eight players from 2013 draft start season with Northwest League Hillsboro

The Hillsboro Hops' opening-day roster includes five players picked by the parent Arizona Diamondbacks in the first 18 rounds of last week's draft.

Hillsboro opens the Northwest League season with a 6:30 p.m. Friday game at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The home opener at Hillsboro Ballpark is 7 p.m. Monday versus the Eugene Emeralds.

The Hops, formerly the Yakima Bears, have 11 pitchers, two catches, seven infielders and five outfielders on the 25-man roster for manager Audo Vicente and coaches J.R. House (hitting) and Doug Drabek (pitching).

One of the catchers is Grant Nelson, a 6-1, 215-pounder from St. Louis University selected in the ninth round last week.

Hops outfielder Taylor Ratliff and infielders Jordan Parr, Ryan Gebhardt and Ryan Kinsella also were in the top 18 Diamondback picks.

Ratliff was a 13th-round choice from the University of Florida. Parr, from Illinois, went in the 15th round. Gebhardt, from Louisiana Tech, went in round 17, and Kinsella, from Elon University, was an 18th-rounder.

The Hops' roster also includes three pitchers and three position players who saw action with the Bears in 2012.

Returning to the pitching staff are left-hander Alexander Carreras, Jose Martinez and Austin Platt. Carreras led the Bears in innings (82), going 8-5 with a 2.96 ERA for the Class A Yakima team. Martinez started two games last year but is expected to come out of the bullpen this season. Platt was 1-4 in two starts and seven appearances.

Outfielder Yogey Perez-Ramos, 22, from Cuba is back after hitting .285 with 12 RBIs in 35 Bears games a year ago.

Shortstop Josh Parr, who played 68 of 76 regular-season games, and first baseman Wagner Mateo, who played 49 games, also return to the squad.

Parr is the brother of rookie Jordan Parr.

Also with the Hops to begin the season are infielder Randy McCurry, a 23rd-round draft pick this year from Oklahoma State; outfielder Zach Esquerra, the 24th-round pick from California Baptist and Tulane pitcher Alex Byo, who came to the organization in the 33rd round last week.

The players come from 10 states (four are from California, none are from Oregon or Washington) and four other countries (three from Venezuela, two each from Cuba and the Dominican Republic and one from Colombia).

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